Can I copy a website design?
A question that frequently comes to my inbox is “Can I copy a website design?” First, let me state the obvious: No one can “copy” your website design. It is yours and you have copyrights over it. Copying a website design is stealing! That’s the last thing that anyone will want.
But there are situations in which someone might wish to incorporate your design into their own. Most website designers are used to designing websites themselves and do not feel comfortable giving away their work. However, many companies exist that can provide website design services at a reasonable price. You can contact a company who specializes in providing website development and design, or look for one that provides both services.
They usually offer a consultation service where they examine your website and offer suggestions and critique. At that point, it’s typically time to move forward with the design project. If you’re not particularly creative, it’s advisable to hire a copywriter to write the copy for you. A professional copywriter has a wealth of experience in copywriting, graphic design and other elements that are often needed when writing a website copy. They can literally turn your website into a masterpiece.
If you’re comfortable working with a designer or a copywriter, you’re ready to start. If you do not have this experience, it is still possible to create a website design that is top notch. You can research what others are doing, look through magazines and books on website design, and even take classes to further your knowledge about website copywriting and design.
The next step is to narrow down your list of possible designers or copywriters to two or three. Contact them, and ask what they would charge for a custom website design. In most cases, a designer will charge less than a copywriter. This is because a designer does not have to worry about re-designing the same content repeatedly and can focus solely on creating the graphics and links that are specific to your company. However, you should still make sure that the person you contact has experience in website design.
Next, once you have narrowed down your list of potential designers or copywriters, it is time to discuss the details of your website design. Since this will be your website for the foreseeable future, you need to be as clear and detailed as possible in describing your website’s layout and content. You need to explain each page clearly, and provide pictures and a demonstration of your website’s functionality. Of course, you also need to know what pages will be designed if you do not choose a specific designer. This is usually discussed in more detail in the website building plan.
Once you have your list of possible designers or copywriters, the last thing you need to do is find out how much they will charge. This varies according to the site, so you should make a price list and keep it within reason. Make sure you have an in-person interview, since you want to be sure that you will work with the designer or copywriter. If at any point during the selection process, you feel that you are being ripped off, walk away. You don’t want to end up working with the next website designer or copywriter just because you were not happy with the first.
A good website designer or copywriter will be able to create a website that is unique, creative, easy to navigate and professionally designed. The design of your website may take some time to be completed, but the end result will be well worth it. You can learn more about website design by taking a class or reading books on the subject. In fact, you may find that hiring a professional website designer or copywriter is the best way to go. They will understand exactly how to design your website so that it meets all the needs of your visitors and truly stands out.